Tags: Joseph Goebbels

A German Life

The woman is Brunhilde Pomsel, who died in 2017 at the age of 106. Before her death, she recorded a filmed interview with Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer, shot in graphically simple black and white, in which she recalled growing up in Germany between the wars and how she came to work as a secretary for the Nazi minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, from 1942 until his suicide in May 1945. Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels.

Hitler on the Roof

A black comedy in which Dr. Joseph Goebbels and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahi are doomed to a perpetual afterlife where they must confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present-day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation, and pure slapstick. Written during an alarming rise of Danish Nationalism in 2011, this play is a timely reminder of the consequences of selling lies as truth and propaganda as art.

In the Main Headquarters [במצבאה הראשית]

A farcical tale set in a Nazi headquarters involving Goering, Goebbels, Bormann, Hitler, the illegitimate child of a German officer, and an old Jewish man. Goering and Goebbels argue with Bormann over the fate of the child, but Hitler shoots her. Hitler and the officers then torment a soldier and an old Jewish man by taking shots at them.

The Beasts

Described as a comedy by the author, the play focuses on a fictional key member of Hitler's trusted advisors (possibly based on Rudolf Hess) who is now imprisoned by the Allies. In dream-like sequences, the jailed former high ranking official envisions former colleagues, including the Führer, Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda, and Hermann Goering, a key Nazi military leader and for a time Hitler's designated successor.

The Canary [Der Kanarienvogel]

Soprano Anna Kirkland starred as legendary soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, long believed to have been a Nazi sympathizer. The play with music explores her affair with Reich Minister Joseph Goebbels and her connections with the inner sanctums of The Third Reich.